This course has been updated in 2011. The course is becoming the industry standard for specialist Strength and Conditioning coaches. It is completed over an 18 month period. It is a Level 6 course and provides the graduate with a 60 credit award. It consists of six modules. Each module provides a comprehensive overview of key areas and topics within Strength and Conditioning. The modules cover:
- Functional Screening
- Resistance Training
- Weight Training and Weightlifting
- Fitness and Conditioning
- Speed Development
- Endurance Development.
Location: Blended Learning. Workshops in Thurles
Acc. Year: 2014/2015
Next Intake: June 2015
Duration: 18 months
Accrediting Body: QQI
How to Apply: Phone +353 504-26723 or +353 1 5054623
Programme Coordinator: Thomas Callanan
Department Head: Dr. Liam Hennessy
Module 1: Functional Screening
This module introduces the coach to the functional screening process. It examines different schools of thought and approaches in this fascinating growing area. The module examines the basic principles of functional screening and then introduces a range of basic screens – showing the learner how to set-up, conduct, and interpret the screens. It shows how to understand compensations and muscular imbalances. The module also provides basic guidelines on the design of programmes of corrective exercises to ensure better movement functioning of the athlete in general life and in sport in particular.
Module 2: Resistance Training
This module covers the history of Resistance or Strength Training and then addresses the types and functions of Resistance or Strength training. The content of our workshops will cover many different forms of Resistance Training methods and modes. In addition, the course discusses important topics such as Resistance Training and Children and the Young Athlete as well as Anatomical Adaptation and Periodisation. This module lays the foundation so to speak for all Strength and Conditioning programmes. Our practical workshops introduce the coach to various Resistance training modes that can be applied to all sport Strength and Conditioning programmes.
Module 3: Weight Training
This module further develops the knowledge acquired from the previous Resistance Training module. We also address very practical aspects such as Health & Safety within the training environment. In addition we introduce the participant to the many Systems of Strength training and to the Acute Training Variables – all crucial in developing and prescribing a given Strength training programme. Our practical workshops focus on a progressive series of exercises that are considered crucial in any Strength training programme. In addition we provide numerous video clips and resources to assist the coach in his or her programme planning.
Module 4: Fitness and Conditioning
This module describes the Components of Fitness, the Principles of Training and the Principles of Coaching as well as introducing the student to the Scientific Support for these Principles. Having a clear knowledge of these components and principles and being able to apply them in practice is essential in undertaking any form of Strength and Conditioning training and coaching. From a practical aspect we examine and provide a variety of Warm-up and Flexibility exercises/routines. In addition we look closely at the importance of cool-down.
Module 5: Speed Development
This module discusses and describes the theory and principles of speed development. Our practical workshops provide the coach with a large repertoire of exercises, drills and programmes that will enhance the many elements that make up the component of speed. In addition in our library section we provide many video clips of athletes and players completing key training and speed development drills. These resources are excellent for planning and devising speed training and development units. The module also discusses key coaching and planning issues that impact on the development of speed.
Module 6: Endurance Development
This module discusses and describes the theory and principles of endurance development. It also provides the coach with a large repertoire of exercises, drills and programmes that will enhance the different elements that make up the component of endurance. The module also discusses key coaching and planning issues that impact on the development of endurance as a single component and also how it can be best integrated with other important components such as speed and strength.